Freedom of association is under assault on campus. Across the country, universities are using “non-discrimination” policies to force student groups to admit members and leaders who do not share the core values and beliefs of the group.
In practical terms, that means Republican groups would be required to allow Democrats to join and apply for leadership positions, pro-life groups would have to include pro-abortion activists, and religious groups would be forced to admit those who oppose their religion and seek to destroy their group through a “hostile takeover” with their own members.
Vanderbilt University has informed a small Christian student organization that it will no longer be recognized as a student group because it requires its members to have a personal commitment to Jesus Christ, according to email correspondence provided to Fox News.
Colby told Fox News the Christian group did not want to be identified because “they just don’t want to be caught in the crossfire of the culture wars.”
The group reached out to the Vandy chapter of the Christian Legal Society so others would know what had happened, Colby said.
“They are a small group of students who want to gather together and worship God,” she said. “That’s basically all they want to do.”
According to email correspondence from the university, the group’s constitution was not approved because the university took issue with a requirement that leaders have a “personal commitment to Jesus Christ.”
[…] Colby said the student group has decided not to comply with the university’s demands.
“They’re going to leave campus rather than take those five words out of their constitution,” Colby told Fox News.
Colby said it’s becoming clear that Vanderbilt University is specifically targeting Christian organizations.
Rollins College has determined that a Christian student organization is in violation of the school’s nondiscrimination policy because the group requires its leaders to be followers of Christ.
The college’s board of trustees voted unanimously not to exempt the InterVarsity Christian Fellowship from the policy – meaning the Christian group will no longer receive funding and will not be recognized as an official campus organization.
The saddest part is these self-absorbed spoiled brats are now voting themselves plenty of goodies out of the taxpayer trough, totally oblivious to the fact that THEY – and their children and grandchildren – will get stuck with the bill. Is it any wonder the majority of them voted for the Narcissist-in-Chief?
A new analysis of the American Freshman Survey, which has accumulated data for the past 47 years from 9 million young adults, reveals that college students are more likely than ever to call themselves gifted and driven to succeed, even though their test scores and time spent studying are decreasing.
Psychologist Jean Twenge, the lead author of the analysis, is also the author of a study showing that the tendency toward narcissism in students is up 30 percent in the last thirty-odd years.
These data are not unexpected. I have been writing a great deal over the past few years about the toxic psychological impact of media and technology on children, adolescents and young adults, particularly as it regards turning them into faux celebrities—the equivalent of lead actors in their own fictionalized life stories.
On Facebook, young people can fool themselves into thinking they have hundreds or thousands of “friends.” They can delete unflattering comments. They can block anyone who disagrees with them or pokes holes in their inflated self-esteem. They can choose to show the world only flattering, sexy or funny photographs of themselves (dozens of albums full, by the way), “speak” in pithy short posts and publicly connect to movie stars and professional athletes and musicians they “like.”
[…] As if to keep up with the unreality of media and technology, in a dizzying paroxysm of self-aggrandizing hype, town sports leagues across the country hand out ribbons and trophies to losing teams, schools inflate grades, energy drinks in giant, colorful cans take over the soft drink market, and psychiatrists hand out Adderall like candy.
[…] Distractions, however, are temporary, and the truth is eternal. Watch for an epidemic of depression and suicidality, not to mention homicidality, as the real self-loathing and hatred of others that lies beneath all this narcissism rises to the surface. I see it happening and, no doubt, many of you do, too.
We had better get a plan together to combat this greatest epidemic as it takes shape. Because it will dwarf the toll of any epidemic we have ever known. And it will be the hardest to defeat. Because, by the time we see the scope and destructiveness of this enemy clearly, we will also realize, as the saying goes, that it is us.
No doubt about it: Planned Parenthood has a clear conflict of interest in teaching kids about sex. They have an incentive to increase their customer base by encouraging risky sexual behaviors that are likely to result in pregnancy if and when teens fail to use birth control correctly.
Their track record suggests that this is EXACTLY what they do, besides deliberately giving false information, pressuring girls into abortions without providing true options, and hiding sexual abuse of minors.
As a parent, I wouldn’t want Planned Parenthood within 100 yards of my child’s school.
About 90 parents and community members deeply troubled by the presence of Planned Parenthood in Salem-Keizer schools turned out in force at a school board meeting last month, and a similar effort is being organized for early this month before the Portland School Board.
In both cities, the opponents are primarily concerned Christians who see Planned Parenthood and its sex education program for teens as running fully counter to their values and entirely inappropriate for a school setting.
“Please educate yourself on their philosophy of exposing children to unbelievably lewd condict at a very early age,” said Bill Steinmetz, asking the Salem-Keizer board to review what he said was highly objectional content for youth on the Planned Parenthood web site. He was one of about 18 community members who spoke to the board during an open comment time at the board’s Nov. 13 meeting.
“I don’t get it,” said Eric Poynter, another community member, “I am absolutely aghast. This has got to stop.”
Poynter said the liberal views on sex that Planned Parenthood promotes to young people make the agency entirely wrong to teach sex education. “It would be like (the late actor and gun rights proponent) Charlton Heston teaching on gun control, or Karl Marx teaching on the virtues of capitalism” said Poynter.
One grandmother read sexually graphic information for teens from the Planned Parenthood website until a board member asked her to stop. A local physician claimed Planned Parenthood provides inaccurate medical information.
The show of concern in Salem-Keizer was organized by Doug Muravez, parent of two students at North Salem High School. A parishioner at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Salem, Muravez had filed an objection with the school district over the Teen Outreach program offered at North Salem and McKay high schools by Planned Parenthood staff under a federal grant. He said Planned Parenthood works against the values he and his wife are trying to instill in their children and undermines their parental authority.
After the school district announced in August that it would stick with the teen class despite Muravez’s objections, he and other members of his parish met and started sharing their concerns with other local churches. They have since developed a web site, salemschoolwatch.com, and say they are ready for a sustained effort to persuade Salem-Keizer to end its relationship with Planned Parenthood.
Planned Parenthood has been repeatedly found to have failed to report suspected cases of sexual abuse and child rape to authorities.
In February 2011, Planned Parenthood was caught on video in an undercover investigation covering up for and coaching a man and a woman posing as sex traffickers and inquiring about how to obtain abortions for the women they victimized.
The sting operation has the actors looking into testing for sexually transmitted diseases and contraception and birth control for their female underage sex slaves. Planned Parenthood officials say they want to help the pair make their whole operation “look as legit as possible.”
The Planned Parenthood official also coaches the alleged sex traffickers on how soon they can put underage female sex slaves back to work. The prostitute in the video asks how long after the abortion until the girls can have sex again, and, when the Planned Parenthood official says “minimum of 2 weeks,” she asks what sex acts the girls could still do to make money.
“Waist up, or just be that extra action walking by” to advertise sex to potential clients, the Planned Parenthood staffer advises.
While some abortion activists claimed the videos were faked, Planned Parenthood was forced to fire the staffer in question, saying “We were profoundly shocked when we viewed the videotape released this morning, which depicted an employee of one of our health centers behaving in a repugnant manner that is inconsistent with our standards of care and is completely unacceptable. We have a zero tolerance policy for this kind of behavior, and the employee in the video was immediately suspended from her duties this morning and was terminated this evening.”
There’s little reason for Planned Parenthood to fire a staffer who had no part in encouraging undercover actors in hiding or concealing sexual abuse via sex trafficking.
In one case out of Ohio,a fourteen year old girl was impregnated by her twenty-two year old soccer coach, a man that she and her parents trusted. The coach knew that he needed to get this “problem” taken care of as quietly as possible since the pregnancy was proof of his statutory rape – repeated statutory rape, in fact, that began almost a year earlier. He turned to Planned Parenthood.
With no questions asked, the Planned Parenthood clinic allowed him to sign for the minor’s abortion in place of her mother and father and to speed up the process and perform the abortion quickly in violation of the state’s 24-hour waiting period. Planned Parenthood staffers didn’t report the sexual abuse to the authorities either – leaving the coach with the opportunity to continue molesting his victim.
In another Ohio case from 2012, Planned Parenthood staffers failed to report a father’s sexual abuse of his thirteen-year-old daughter – resulting in his continued abuse of his daughter, Denise Fairbanks, for over another year. According to a staffer’s handwritten note, their policy is “don’t ask, don’t tell.”
“Under a quarter (23 percent) of millennials believe the Bible should be taken literally, with a slightly higher number (26 percent) believing the Bible is the word of God, but not a literal document. Both numbers are dwarfed by the number of millennials who believe the Bible is simply a document written by men with no divine inspiration whatsoever (37 percent).
[…] The findings in the poll by the Gospel Coalition reveal the general refusal of young people to entertain Republican stances on issues like gay marriage and (to a lesser extent) abortion.
• Millennials’ feelings toward present-day Christianity are fairly ambivalent. Approximately three-quarters (76%) of younger Millennials say that modern-day Christianity “has good values and principles” and 63% agree that contemporary Christianity “consistently shows love for other people.” On the other hand, nearly two-thirds (64%) say that “anti-gay” describes present-day Christianity somewhat or very well and more than 6-in-10 (62%) also believe that Christianity is “judgmental.”• A majority of college-age Millennials say that abortion should be legal in all (24%) or most cases (30%). More than 4-in-10 say that abortion should be illegal in most (28%) or all cases (16%). Roughly 6-in-10 (59%) believe that at least some health care professionals in their community should provide legal abortions.• Millennials are nearly evenly divided over whether sex between two adults of the same gender is morally acceptable (48%) or morally wrong (44%). But nearly 6-in-10 (59%) of college-age Millennials favor allowing same-sex marriage, compared to 37% who are legally opposed.
The social liberalism of young people extends even to young Republicans, though to a lesser degree. Over the past eight years, the percentage of young Republicans who support full same sex marriage rights has grown from 28 percent to 37 percent.”
Republicans are being continually advised to abandon the fight to defend life and traditional families so that they can attract more morally bankrupt young voters.
As long as we hold on to these “old fashioned” values, we’re told, we won’t be able to win elections.
The tragic part is, they might be right. The GOP may very likely have difficulty attracting new voters who have been brainwashed with Moral Relativism. The majority of them have also been indoctrinated to favor bigger and bigger government.
The only way to turn this around: get government out of the “education” business, and get the conservative message out through pop culture.
Christians in the west have become so ingrained with the cultural lies of Moral Relativism that it taints how many read the scriptures, including Matthew 7:7, “Judge not, lest you be judged.”
Mario Murillo explains how misunderstanding this scripture has neutered Christians and threatened our nation:
What is the most dangerous lie in America? What is killing us? The abuse of a simple phrase that Jesus used, “Judge not that you be not judged.” In the last few days, our site has smeared with vile posts by people claiming to be open-minded and, amazingly claiming to be more intelligent. What was even more tragic was the host of self-defined Christians who went along with them saying silly things, “we shouldn’t judge,” and my personal favorite, “you are making it harder for us to reach people.”
I am not making it harder for you to reach people, because I wonder if you are reaching anyone. How can you witness? At some point in witnessing you have to make a moral judgment.
I live in Northern California, ground zero for liberalism. They are constantly telling people not to judge. Their hilarious hypocrisy is breathtaking. Bay Area liberals are the most judgmental people on the planet. I have lived under environmental, nutritional, gender sharia law most of my adult life. […]
Christians we better wake up! Don’t take Jesus out of context just so you can hide in a deeply immoral nation. Now read the best article ever on the abuse of “Judge not.” By By BRANNON HOWSE
Tolerance mongers seem to have found the one absolute truth they are willing to live by. How many times have you heard someone say, “Judge not lest you be judged”? The statement has become the great American open-mindedness mantra when anyone has the courage to declare that someone else’s belief, actions or lifestyle is morally amiss.
Another form of the same non-judgmental judgment is “that may be true for you, but it’s not true for me.” The logic behind the statement goes something like this: “Your truth is your truth and my truth is my truth. We are both right, and I hold to my opinion of truth.” The last time I checked, it was impossible for two chairs to occupy the same space around my dining room table, but evidently such rules of time, space and logic don’t apply to tolerance philosophy.
Postmodernism’s live-and-let-live concept of truth argues that even two opposite and wholly contradictory claims can both be true. This is as stupid as saying that black and white are the same color. Yet, it clarifies the absurdity of the postmodernism we are all supposed to blithely accept as the fundamental principle by which we respond to each other’s ideas – the “please and thank-you” of philosophical respect.
So beware. If you dare claim that another person’s truth is not, in fact, truth but is, in fact, wrong, you are not only being intolerant but you are also being – Mantra forbid! – Judgmental.
In his book “True for You, But Not for Me,” Paul Copan describes the fallacy in this all too common thinking:
It has been said that the most frequently quoted Bible verse is no longer John 3:16 but Matthew 7:1: “Do not judge, or you too will be judged.” We cannot glibly quote this, though, without understanding what Jesus meant. When Jesus condemned judging, he wasn’t at all implying we should never make judgments about anyone. After all, a few verses later, Jesus himself calls certain people “pigs” and “dogs” (Matt 7:6) and “wolves in sheep’s clothing” (7:15). … What Jesus condemns is a critical and judgmental spirit, an unholy sense of superiority. Jesus commanded us to examine ourselves first for the problems we so easily see in others. Only then can we help remove the speck in another’s eye – which, incidentally, assumes that a problem exists and must be confronted.
Those that tell you not to judge, quoting Matthew 7:1 grossly out of context, are often some of the most mean-spirited, judgmental souls you could ever meet.It’s not, of course, that they don’t want anyone to judge anything, because they want very much to judge and condemn your commitment to lovingly speak and practice your Christian worldview. You see how these tolerance rules work? We must tolerate them, but they don’t have to tolerate us.
A Christian student at a Georgia university who was expelled from her school’s counseling program for expressing her disagreement with homosexuality has lost a court case against the school.
“(Jennifer) Keeton’s speech and conduct were evidently impelled by the absolutist philosophical character of her beliefs, but that character does not entitle her to university accommodation and it is irrelevant to the court’s analysis,” wrote Judge J. Randall Hall, of the Southern District of Georgia, siding with the university. “Neutrality as a legal standard is immutable, it does not bend to the strength or tenor of personal conviction.”
Keeton refused to change the way she engages with homosexual students because of her religious beliefs, and was expelled from the counseling program at Augusta State University in 2010, which stressed that the program should not discriminate against students regardless of their sexual orientation.
Keeton argued, however, that it was the school that showed discrimination for firing her because of the way she applied her religious views. The Alliance Defense Fund (ADF) filed a lawsuit on behalf of the former counselor in July 2010, citing that she was fired by Augusta State for expressing her religious views on homosexuality in a private conversation.
“We are currently evaluating the district court’s opinion and will make a determination on our next step in the case shortly,” ADF Legal Counsel Jeremy Tedesco shared with The Christian Post Thursday.
Keeton was initially placed on probation, and school officials required her to follow a “remediation plan.” This included attending sensitivity training, going to gay pride events and writing papers on her experiences and the lessons she had learned in tolerance. When Keeton refused to comply, she was removed from her position.
“The remediation plan imposed on Keeton pursuant to those policies placed limits on her speech and burdened her religious beliefs, but, as the allegations show, the plan was motivated by a legitimate pedagogical interest in cultivating a professional demeanor and concern that she might prove unreceptive to certain issues and openly judge her clients,” the judge said. “The allegations show, in sum, that while Keeton was motivated by her religious beliefs, Defendants were not.”
“Statesmen, my dear Sir, may plan and speculate for Liberty, but it is Religion and Morality alone, which can establish the Principles upon which Freedom can securely stand. The only foundation of a free Constitution is pure Virtue, and if this cannot be inspired into our People in a greater Measure than they have it now, They may change their Rulers and the forms of Government, but they will not obtain a lasting Liberty. They will only exchange Tyrants and Tyrannies.” ~ John Adams
“Providence has given to our people the choice of their rulers, and it is the duty, as well as the privilege and interest of our Christian nation to select and prefer Christians for their rulers.” ~ John Jay
By now, nearly everyone paying attention knows that Barack Obama has lied countless times over the years in order to further his academic and political career. He is, in fact, a “composite.” And what we do know is just a hint of what there is yet to know, given that all his academic records are sealed.
Our president lied about his mother’s lack of health insurance. He lied about his father’s early life. His publisher’s brochure described him as “born in Kenya” for years, until he began running for president. There are countless other examples of his prevarications that fluff out his phony résumé. It is almost certain that he did not write Dreams from My Father by himself and that his relationship with Jeremiah Wright was cultivated to serve his political future…until it didn’t. And now, even Michelle is unable to keep the fabricated facts of her husband’s life straight.
And then there is Elizabeth Warren, the darling of the Boston/Harvard left, the self-described Cherokee without a shred of evidence to prove her claims of Native American heritage. Her claim made her a diversity hire at two prestigious schools. She even submitted a couple of recipes to a Native American cookbook, Pow Wow Chow, that she borrowed from Pierre Frainey. She chose those recipes poorly; Oklahoma Cherokees probably did not dine on cold omelets with crabmeat!
Bill Clinton’s moral lapses and crimes against women are legendary and too numerous to list, yet he still has adoring fans who would vote for him in a minute if he was on a ballot — any ballot. Hillary does not score much better on the truth and morality scale: Whitewater, managing her husband’s “bimbo eruptions,” her fabricated helicopter landing in Bosnia amid sniper fire, etc. Only a few months ago, she called Syria’s Bashir Assad a “reformer.” She is at the very least a poor judge of character.
And the Kennedy men…they have always been, and remain, despicable cads who have used and abused women habitually. Still, people support them for public office. Jack was a hound. Ted was expelled from Harvard for cheating. The list goes on and on.
Then there is the odious John Edwards, who got too close to the White House for comfort.
John Kerry grossly exaggerated his four months of service in Vietnam. When he returned to the U.S., he did everything he could to malign and discredit American servicemen in the ’60s. Today he revels in wealth he did not earn, but rather married. Still, people vote for him! Richard Blumenthal was elected despite having lied about his (non-)service in Vietnam.
Eliot Spitzer got his own television show after being outed as a regular patron of prostitutes. As district attorney of NY, Spitzer viciously persecuted and prosecuted New York businessmen for ethics violations. And then there is the noted exhibitionist Anthony Weiner, who still has a dedicated fan club. Its members are convinced that he was framed! How is that for critical thinking?
Now our nation’s attorney general, Eric Holder, though not an elected official, is traveling around the country doing the president’s bidding by lying to African-American audiences. He is telling them that the drive to require a photo ID to vote is a Republican conspiracy to deprive them of their voting rights. Quite the reverse is true. He has ordered Florida to stop purging their voter rolls of ineligible voters, illegal immigrants, and dead people. Why? The only answer is to perpetrate vote fraud. As with his lawsuits against Arizona and Texas, he is attempting to force a state to stop enforcing federal laws! How does the chief law enforcement officer of the country do that and keep his job?
It would seem from just these few examples that our political class does indeed live by different rules, or by no rules. There are countless other tales of the wicked abuses of power by our elected and appointed officials, who have so much control over our lives and want more. Men and women who have committed grave ethical and/or moral failures run for office and are elected regularly.
So how and why has our culture failed to inculcate in our citizenry the critical thinking skills necessary to assess character? To recognize right from wrong? To judge?
Could it be that the moral relativism engendered by the doctrine of multiculturalism so beloved by our media and academic class has robbed us of the ability to recognize right from wrong?
Warning: The following video contains a graphic exposé of Planned Parenthood’s sexually explicit marketing campaign aimed at minors. This is NOT for children’s eyes (which is, of course, the entire scandalous point):
UPDATE: YouTube has pulled the video due to complaints over copyright. In other words, Planned Parenthood hasn’t given permission for their explicit media clips to be exposed to the general public by American Life League. If I find another copy of the video that has made it past this blatant censorship campaign to keep the true deviancy of their sex marketing from being revealed, I will be sure to post it.
UPDATE II: ALL has reworked the video to circumvent potential copyright complaints from leftist groups who don’t want their sexually explicit marketing campaign exposed. The video above is now the new version. Warning: not for children’s eyes.
Just when you thought Planned Parenthood couldn’t stoop any lower…now they offer porno for kiddos, courtesy of your taxpayer dollars!
On the heels of the fracas that resulted from the Susan G. Komen Foundation pulling Planned Parenthood funding, and then reinstating it, comes a new report that might make the breast cancer research giant a little uncomfortable.
The American Life League has released a graphic new video report that it says shows how Planned Parenthood “exposes children to sexual material in order to seed a generation of sex addicts, who will become future customers for the abortion giant.”
“If you aren’t convinced by now that there are some truly sick pups behind Planned Parenthood, this video from the American Life League should erase any lingering doubts,” the Right Scoop says. “In the name of ‘education,’ Planned Parenthood exposes children as young as 10 years old to pornographic illustrations of masturbation, nudity, sexual activity, and much much more.”
“Any parent that sees the video of Planned Parenthood’s material for school children will be horrified,” said Jim Sedlak, vice president of the American Life League. “Planned Parenthood’s business model is aimed at making money from people who are engaged in sexual activity. Those are the women who will have abortions, which made up 51% of Planned Parenthood’s clinic revenue in 2010.”
In one section the video, “Hooking Kids on Sex,” talks about a book for 10-year-olds with graphic images about how to masturbate, put on a condom and have sexual intercourse.
“If a dirty old man showed this book to kids in a park, he’d be arrested,” said Sedlak. “Why does Planned Parenthood, a taxpayer-funded organization, get to distribute these books to our children and get more government money?’
Over at BuzzFeed, BigRedH mocks the American Life League for its concern, writing, “Yes, this is both real and terrible. How dare Planned Parenthood try to educate people?” But pamphlets, coloring books, mascots, banners, outrageously-shaped lollipops … These aren’t the hallmarks of education. They’re the hallmarks of marketing. Fortunately for Planned Parenthood, the product they’re marketing is the easiest in the world to sell — and, when teens buy it and then have need of other products (a.k.a. contraceptives, STD testing, abortions), Planned Parenthood cashes in.
Whether they are texting high school students, lecturing in public schools, or coaxing students to their cringeworthy “Teen Information” website, Planned Parenthood relentlessly tries to appeal to the nation’s youth. Their most recent attempt is the newly-launched “HeyPP!” Twitter account. The page is meant to reach teenagers with sexual health information, but aside from a few high school feminists, I doubt it will have much impact.
Why? Two reasons. (Aside from Reason #3, that the account screams “Creeper”.)
The first reason I doubt HeyPP will go far is their approach. One of my Hollywood pet peeves is the constant portrayal of sitcom parents as hopelessly stupid, especially in television shows directed at children or teenagers. You know, the mom who misuses popular expressions or the embarrassing dad who just doesn’t get it. But Planned Parenthood, in trying to push this stereotype, has ended up fulfilling it themselves. Here is a sample of Planned Parenthood’s tweets:
“Ever have one of those moments in school where you learned something REALLY worth knowing? #TellUs”
“Freaked out about asking yr parents about birth control? You can totally do this. We can help.”
“Are you super obvious when you’re #crushing on someone… or super stealth?”
Whether a Planned Parenthood worker is creeping for more business, or is merely wishing to re-live her Jr. High slumber party days remains unclear.
What sickens me most about this garbage is that these so-called “sex experts” are deliberately robbing children of their innocence – and in doing so, often ruining any chance they may have to grow up and have a life-long, meaningful sex life with their future spouse.
To Planned Parenthood and their ilk, sex is not something precious. It’s merely a commodity…to be degraded, tainted, cheapened, repackaged, marketed and sold like so many boxes of condoms.
But their marketing campaigns never warn kids about the tragic and devastating consequences that too often follow promiscuity: broken hearts, inability to maintain long-term relationships, fear of true intimacy and commitment, depression, increased risk of suicide, STD’s, possible death from AIDS, unwed pregnancy (which can lead to lonely single parenthood, the heartbreaking choice to give up your baby for adoption, or the devastation and guilt of abortion).
Our kids deserve a better future than the destructive one that Planned Parenthood is trying to sell them.
Even a small child who sees brutality naturally recoils in horror, his inner moral compass telling him that such cruelty is terribly wrong.
It takes years of desensitization and indoctrination to bring him to a place where he is no longer capable of making a moral judgement on even the most blatantly immoral acts.
The American education system is up to the task, saturating young Americans with an ideology of Humanist Moral Relativism, teaching them to reject their parents’ “close-minded” moral standards in favor of “tolerance” for evils which should never be tolerated.
For years, I’ve been warning you about the dangers of relativism and what happens when society abandons a Christian worldview. Now I’d like to show you.
Dr. Stephen Anderson teaches philosophy at A.B. Lucas Secondary School in Ontario, Canada. His students had just finished a unit on metaphysics and were about to start one on ethics.
To jump start the discussion and to “form a baseline from which they could begin to ask questions about the legitimacy of moral judgments of all kinds,” Anderson shared with them a gruesome photo of Bibi Aisha, a teenage wife of a Taliban fighter in Afghanistan. When Bibi tried to get away from her abusive husband, her family caught her, cut off her nose and ears, and left her to die in the mountains. Only Bibi didn’t die. Somehow she crawled to her grandfather’s house, and was saved in an American hospital.
Writing in Education Journal magazine, Anderson relates how he was sure that his students, “seeing the suffering of this poor girl of their own age, [they] would have a clear ethical reaction,” one they could talk about “more difficult cases.”
But their response shocked Anderson. He “expected strong aversion [to it],…but that’s not what [he] got. Instead, they became confused…afraid to make any moral judgment at all. They were unwilling to criticize,” as he said, “any situation originating in a different culture. They said, ‘Well, we might not like it, but maybe over there it’s okay.’”
Anderson calls their confusion and refusal to judge such child mutilation a moment of startling clarity, and indeed it is. He wonders if it stems not from too little education, but from too much multiculturalism and so-called “values education,” which is really just an excuse for moral relativism.
Anderson writes, “While we may hope some [students] are capable of bridging the gap between principled morality and this ethically vacuous relativism, it is evident that a good many are not. For them, the overriding message is ‘never judge, never criticize, never take a position.’” Anderson wonders whether in our current educational system, we’re not producing ethical paralytics? Well, if the horrifying example of the students’ reaction in this case is any indication, Anderson already knows the answer.
We would do well to ponder the words of Pope Benedict, who said on January first that neither justice nor peace is possible if we do not hold the Ten Commandments as expressions ofobjective truth. The Pope said that peace and justice are simply “words without content” unless founded on the bedrock of natural moral law, as expressed in the Decalogue, given to Moses more than 3,000 years ago.
Unfortunately, moral law, objective truth, and right and wrong are mostly ignored in today’s relativistic values approach to education—and then we’re surprised when students no longer have the moral capacity to judge what happened to Bibi Aisha as wrong? It’s why we must combat moral relativism at every turn. It’s why we need teaching resources like our Doing the Right Thing DVD series on ethics, which you can get at ColsonCenter.org, and it’s important to do so.
You’ll be hearing a lot more from me in the coming months about the vital need for education reform here in the U.S. And today on my “Two-Minute Warning,” which I hope you’ll watch at ColsonCenter.org, I talk about exactly why Christians need to be involved. Please don’t miss it.
In Europe, politically correct “multiculturalism” has translated into condemning anything that has to do with western civilization while praising everything else. If it’s European, American, white, or Judeo-Christian in origin, it is automatically “imperialist” and evil. If it is non-European, non-white, and non-Christian in origin, it is automatically “oppressed” and in need of extra sensitivity, respect, and promotion.
Throughout most of human history, societies have sought to preserve and pass down their religion, culture and heritage to posterity. From deliberately decimating our birth rates to rejecting and demonizing our heritage, never in the history of the world has a society been so committed to its own destruction.
The war on Christmas has taken many forms, from substituting words in Christmas carols to banning expressions of the holiday, like nativity scenes and Christmas trees. National Review columnist Mark Steyn thinks this assault on Christmas is not only “nuts,” but that it demonstrates the Western world’s “institutional self-loathing.”
On Canada’s SUN television network last week, the author of “After America: Get Ready for Armageddon” cited the Royal Canadian Mint’s effort to replace the word “Christmas” with “holiday” in 2002 as an example of the anti-Christmas insanity.
“I don’t get offended at the word ‘Christmas,’” Steyn said.
“I’m entirely relaxed about it. I think it’s slightly odd that we recoil from the word. By the way, the worst example of this in recent years was by our pals at the Royal Canadian Mint, who about eight or nine years ago had that insane campaign, ‘On the first day of holiday, my true love gave to me,’ and you couldn’t say the ‘C-word.’ If you were going to buy a commemorative gift set from the Royal Canadian Mint, you would buy one of the ‘12 days of holiday.’ I thought that was nuts.”
Steyn went on to note that there is no crusade to generalize other religious holidays and that the West’s budding hatred of itself and its values was at the “heart” of the matter.
“There’s something very odd by the way, as I said about this stilted artificial avoidance of Christmas,” he said.
“We would have, you know, a day off on December 25 if it wasn’t Christmas. But somehow it has to be a generalized holiday. Nobody does this with Ramadan, for example. I notice when you look at the big Ramadan festivities at the White House that every president conducts now — nobody bothers to pretend that is a kind of general celebration. Nobody says ‘happy holiday’ instead of Ramadan. And I think there’s something sort of slightly — it’s not a small thing in that sense. It gets to the heart of the most disturbing feature of Western world at twilight, which is this kind of institutional self-loathing that’s at the heart of it.”
Jesus Christ is always a threat to those who want to deny or ignore their Creator and be their own gods, making up their own rules and moral standards. The very idea that we are all sinners in need of a Savior repulses them. That is why they hate the celebration of the Savior’s birth. To celebrate Him is to acknowledge that they need Him – and that they cannot do.
As a child growing up in Spanish Harlem in a run-down tenement building, Christmas always meant a time of good cheer to me regardless of our dire circumstances. My Jewish neighbors (yes, there are poor Jews) would always treat us with Challah bread, sweets and a bottle of Mogen David wine and wish us good cheer for the holidays. In our society’s war on Christmas, I hear snide remarks from fellow Christians blaming it on the Jews because some lawyer in the ACLU is bringing a suit against the city to ban crèches on public land. All Jews get tarnished by a brush that should be directed at secularists and atheists not by people of faith. Each year I get emails from my Jewish friends supporting the celebration of the Christmas season and decrying the negative attacks on our tradition. They ask “who’s behind this war on Christmas? It’s not us.”
I think it’s always wise for writers to follow that age-old adage and “walk a mile in another man’s moccasins” to see things from another point of view by imagining themselves in his situation. That means that I try to reflect on how I would feel living in a non-Christian country during one of their religious celebrations. If it meant that the season would be full of good cheer, gift giving from friends and strangers and general bonhomie. I’d join right in with the festivities regardless of the reason for them unless the deity being honored wanted me dead for not being a disciple.
So I wonder why Christmas has become so scary to so many people that they attempt to erase any vestige of the event in the public realm. Fox News anchors like Bill O’Reilly have been calling it a War on Christmas, John Gibson wrote a book titled. “The War on Christmas: How the Liberal Plot to Ban the Sacred Christian Holiday is Worse Than You Thought.”
Naturally, the Left’s jester, Jon Stewart, mocked Fox’s pro-Christmas campaign and proceeded to tout phony information that claimed Congress had met nearly every Christmas Day from 1789 to 1856. The ACLU made the same claim in its attack on Christmas and its source was a flawed magazine article; Stewart’s source was The Discovery Channel.
Stewart was later busted by the website Politifact which monitors political statements made in the public discourse. The site investigated congressional records which proved Stewart’s allegation was so totally wrong it awarded him their Pants-on-fire rating, their highest grade for lying.
So I have to ask again, “What is so scary about Christmas?”
This festive season used to be warm and fuzzy with Hollywood movies evoking tears and smiles and general schmaltz. Alas, no more. It’s all about making money so the big blockbusters are then scheduled to reap in the bucks from children out on holiday break. Commercials for shopping start around Halloween and they have become more ludicrous and groveling every year. When did a luxury car become the ideal Christmas present? Shouldn’t big ticket items be given for birthdays instead?
There’s a lot to be said about being poor making one appreciate the season more. You’d think with this economic crisis, Americans would clue into that sentiment but Black Friday had the usual crazed shoppers seeking bargains for gifts.
But instead of bemoaning the crass materialism of the season, I’d like to celebrate the signs that there are some people imbued with its true spirit. So here’s to those wonderful generous souls across the country who paid off the balances on strangers’ layaway bills at K-mart.
Here’s to that ex-con who found a $1000 in a lost wallet and turned it in to the cops.
There are many more gestures of kindnesses that don’t make the headlines just as there are more miracles that occur coincidentally as a result of fervent prayers.
Christians know that Jesus was probably not born on December 25th nor do we believe that Santa Claus climbs down a chimney with gifts for “nice” children. Nevertheless what we do revere is what the day represents — that God so loved the world that he gave us His only son who told us we should love one another.
Americans overwhelmingly prefer the traditional “Merry Christmas” greeting over the “Happy Holidays” that some stores and businesses require their employees to utilize at this time of year.
A new Marist Poll of 1,026 adults nationwide finds that 64 percent – nearly two-thirds – think the appropriate greeting should be “Merry Christmas,” while 31 percent favored “Happy Holidays.”
The sentiment was strongest in the Midwest (70 percent) — but income level made no difference — with the same level of support (64 percent) for those who made under $50,000 as those who made over $50,000 a year.
People 45 or older were much more likely (72 percent) to support “Merry Christmas,” but the gap narrows to just two percentage points (49 percent to 47 percent) among those under age 45.
“That we prefer ‘Merry Christmas’ by such a wide margin, is indicative of of the importance of Christmas has in the lives of the great majority of Americans,” said Knights of Columbus Supreme Knight Carl Anderson.
Looks like the PC police have threatened members of the House of Representatives against wishing constituents a “Merry Christmas,” if they want to do so in a mailing paid for with tax dollars.
Members who submit official mailings for review by the congressional franking commission that reviews all congressional mail to determine if it can be “franked,” or paid for with tax dollars, are being told that no holiday greetings, including “Merry Christmas,” can be sent in official mail.
“I called the commission to ask for clarification and was told no ‘Merry Christmas.’ Also told cannot say ‘Happy New Year’ but can say ‘have a happy new year’ – referencing the time period of a new year, but not the holiday,” said a Hill staffer who requested anonymity.
Another Hill staffer told The Washington Examiner that “we were given that advice after submitting” a draft mailing.
“Currently, incidental use of the phrase Happy Holidays is permissible but Merry Christmas is not,” said Salley Wood.
So it’s true, the elected representatives of the nation that puts “In God We Trust” on its currency are not permitted to use the greeting that has likely been uttered by every living adult American at least once in their lifetimes.
Just another demonstration that political correctness and freedom of speech, faith and thought are utterly incompatible.
If you thought the attack on Nativity scenes was about separation of church and state, listen to this exchange between a Fox host and a spokesman from the rabid anti-religious activist group “Freedom From Religion Foundation“. You can hear it from his own lips: this truly is a war of hatred against Christianity itself.
Every year, millions of Christians that celebrate the birth of their Savior are faced with the attacks on Christmas – “holiday trees,” atheist ad campaigns and even outright blasphemy in mocking nativity scenes. To Christians and conservatives, the evidence is overwhelming. But in recent years, the left and the mainstream media have actively denied that the war even exists.
From the hard left gang of current and former MSNBC personalities to CNN hosts to Huffington Post writers, the watch words have been “fake” and “phony” and “ridiculous.” With varying degrees ire, they’ve blamed Fox News and the “Christian right” for the “manufactured outrage” at attacks on Christmas.
2011: The Battle Continues
But just how “fake” is this war on Christmas? The Culture and Media Institute has compiled a short list of the attacks on Christmas that have occurred this year alone.
The most sacrilegious attack this year comes in the form of a Christmas television special set to air in Canada, that features the home-made porn star and household- name Pamela Anderson starring as the Virgin Mary.
The most widely-known U.S. attack on Christmas 2011 comes from none other than the governor of Rhode Island, Independent Lincoln Chafee. Sporting his political correctness cap this year, Chafee has renamed the state house Christmas tree a “holiday tree.” Chafee’s decision frustrated Rhode Island Republican state representative Doreen Costa, who called Chafee a “Grinch” and decided to erect her own Christmas tree to compete with his tree. “The governor defended his decision by arguing that it is in keeping with the state’s founding in 1636 by religious dissident Roger Williams as a haven for tolerance – where government and religion were kept separate,” the Daily Mail reported.
In upstate New York, one school district has declared that “Christmas and Hanukkah will no longer be celebrated in classrooms.” According to FOX/WROC, The Batavia City School District will no longer allowdecorations for either holiday to appear in classrooms as well as teachers are discouraged from writing or saying “Merry Christmas.” In Fairfax County, Va., grade-schoolers are treated to “winter celebration.”
In Texas, another school district has declared war on Christmas – this time, classrooms are not allowed to celebrate Santa Claus or exchange gifts. Even those in Santa hats that wish to do good are being discouraged – yes, Mills Fleet Farm Stores in Wisconsin have banned the Salvation Army bell-ringers because allowing them on property could “open the floodgates to others,” said company co-president Stewart Mills Jr. However, Mills later reversedthe ban, calling the initial decision “unfortunate.”
Even our “tolerant” Federal government is playing the Grinch card this year.According to FoxNews.com, “A group of Christmas carolers was thrown out of a U.S. Post Office in Silver Spring, MD, after the post office manager told them they were not allowed to sing Christmas carols on government property.”
There are plenty of examples from the recent past documented by the Culture and Media Institute. In 2009, Manhattan clothing retailer XOXOupped the Christmas raunch factor by displaying young models in “window theater” to attract buyers by undressing and dressing one another.
That same year across the pond an eco-celebration took place instead of a Christmas one, when a 33-foot cone was used in place of a Christmas tree in Poole, Dorset, U.K., in order to bring awareness to “health and safety” issues.
A year earlier, there was a pornographic display of the Virgin Mary in Playboy Mexico. The cover read “We love you Maria” and featured a model in nothing but a white sheet covering her head and breasts.
Comedy Central featured comedian Denis Leary in a one hour feature titled “Merry F-ing Christmas” in 2005 which Leary’s routine included references to alcoholism, drug use and sexual misconduct.
The list goes on, but it’s not enough for the secular liberal media to recognize a pattern. They prefer Denial and blame-shifting.
Not surprisingly, the media have gained their talking points from left wing blogs that suggested the “war on Christmas” has spawned from the imaginations of those on the right.